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Keith Flanagan

Keith Flanagan

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The best weekend getaways from NYC

The best weekend getaways from NYC

Oh, NYC — we can never quit you, with your amazing restaurants, internationally-recognized bars and world-class museums. There’s simply no way to be bored in this city. The crowds, the hustle and the pace, however, can lead to some serious stress and, well, sometimes we need a break. Fortunately the location of our fine city affords easy access to many other exciting, yet more relaxed destinations. These weekend getaways from NYC offer fun, relaxation and a little something different not too far from home. Whether you’re taking a car or public transportation, these destinations are easily accessible in five hours or less. Enjoy nature, chill by a lake, take in some art or do a little shopping. From quaint towns to beachy locales, a weekend away will be just the thing to recharge. If you don’t have a whole weekend to spare, consider one of these day trips from NYC. Looking for a longer getaway? A road trip from NYC might be for you. But these weekend getaways are just right, opening up a whole new world in upstate New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and more. RECOMMENDED:– Best things to do in upstate New York– Cheap romantic getaways near NYC– Best beaches in NYC– Best day trips from New York– Most scenic train rides in America This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

Epic family weekend getaways from NYC

Epic family weekend getaways from NYC

There are plenty of things to do with kids in NYC to keep them occupied, from amazing playgrounds to kid-friendly attractions and museums, but sometimes the family needs a change of scenery to reset and recharge. For a quick option, you can round up the kids and head out for a kid-friendly day trip from NYC, whether it’s a day spent hiking the trails or enjoying the thrills of an amusement park. But for a more epic weekend, these family weekend getaways from NYC will do the trick. Whatever your family is into, there’s a family-friendly weekend getaway option near NYC that’s sure to please. Opt for a family resort, where everything is taken care of and all activities are on-site. Or head to the great outdoors to explore rivers and forests and get back to nature. History buffs will enjoy nearby historic towns, while little beach bums have plenty of options for sun, sand and watersports. These spots offer everything you need to pack in a few days of fun and adventure before heading back home to the city. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best family vacations from NYC

Ten perfect New Hampshire getaways

Ten perfect New Hampshire getaways

Flourishing with tree-lined lakes, historic port towns, sweeping valleys and snow-capped peaks, the sheer range of New Hampshire getaways is astounding for such a small state. And yet the landscape leaves plenty of room for surprises, too, with a popular seacoast and bite-size towns packed with big-city flavors. Whether you’re looking for a romantic lakeside escape or a remote mountain adventure, one of these New Hampshire getaways is bound to get your heart pumping. Discover more about New Hampshire Tyler McGill: part of the 'How I Live Free' series by Visit New Hampshire.

8 hidden castles and fortresses in the U.S. you never knew existed

8 hidden castles and fortresses in the U.S. you never knew existed

We know what you’re thinking: there aren’t really castles and fortresses in the U.S., are there? After all, things like turrets, moats, and drawbridges are the provenance of Europe, where tales of princesses and dragons warranted such fortified fantasies. But while the U.S. lacks royal lineage, it has no shortage of bored castle enthusiasts who’ve built their own medieval-style dwellings, and the country certainly has no hesitation to put up a wall (plenty of cities began as military forts, after all).Sure, you’ve probably heard about some of the best castles in the U.S. (like the iconic Hearst Castle, built by the publishing magnate), but there are plenty of fortified, awe-inspiring structures that fly under the radar. Often hard to get to—or just hard to wrap your mind around—these hidden castles and fortresses are sure to give you medieval thoughts. RECOMMENDED: the best places to visit in the U.S.

Ski near NYC with these day trips

Ski near NYC with these day trips

Needing a winter getaway from the city? The best ski resorts near NYC can offer an unforgettable trip this winter. Luckily, you don’t have to fly all the way to Colorado or Utah for great skiing and snowboarding; there’s plenty of powder within driving distance from New York. Escape the city with a day (or weekend) trip to one of these destinations and you’ll be snuggling up at bars with fireplaces and enjoying hot chocolate in no time. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to things to do in the winter in NYC

13 songs that got us (awkwardly) dancing again in 2021

13 songs that got us (awkwardly) dancing again in 2021

Whether or not we felt comfortable enough to hit the club, 2021 was the year we got our groove back. Hell, many of us had given it a go at home. We’d played that Dua Lipa album to death. We’d tried, desperately, to make ‘lockdown discos’ a thing. Last year, some of the bigger legends among us even attended virtual NYE parties. It was good fun, until it got boring – fast. Though much of the world has slipped in and out of lockdown this year, there were moments when most of us were able to get back on the dancefloor. The pre-night hype, the thump-thump-thump, the endless spilled drinks: by God, it felt good. And even if we weren’t quite up to a night on the town, as 2021 went on, there were certainly many more reasons to regain that spring in our step. The vaccine rollout sped up. We saw our loved ones again. And we danced – in bars, on street corners, and yes, at home. So wherever we wound up, however we got there, here are 13 songs that got Time Out writers dancing again this year. RECOMMENDED: 15 really, really great books that got us through 2021

15 really, really great books that got us through 2021

15 really, really great books that got us through 2021

Few sensations beat completing that epic volume that’s been sitting on your shelf for months. And this year – this patchy, patchy year – many of us finally did it. We found ourselves trapped at home, desperate for things to do. And actually, turns out, when it came to it, that book wasn’t so intimidating after all. But not only did we simply have more time to enjoy stuff like reading, we also went out of our way to do it because we needed an escape. We needed to be transported to new worlds, to open our eyes to new things, to escape the undeniable bleakness of reality. For many us, films, TV shows and books were our lifeline through the roughest of times. So, as 2021 comes to a close, we asked our editors around the world – literary nerds, one and all – to recommend one book that really resonated with them over the past 12 months. From old classics we really should’ve got round to before to new releases that properly rocked, here are the books that got us through the second (at times nice, but generally godawful) year of the pandemic. We hope you enjoy them, too.RECOMMENDED: The 20 best films of 2021 and the best TV shows we binged this year

Ten unique Airbnbs you can rent in NYC

Ten unique Airbnbs you can rent in NYC

Whether you're a New Yorker craving a change of scenery or planning a trip to NYC, we think it's high time that you tried something a bit different. Thankfully, Airbnb is packed with unique accommodation options listed by hosts (and even superhosts) who are usually more than willing to offer suggestions on great things to do in the neighborhood. And in these uncertain times, Airbnb hosts have gone above and beyond with new cleaning protocols and safety precautions. Whether you want to live on a houseboat in Queens or sleep in a treehouse in Brooklyn, there's a unique Airbnb here for every type of traveler.  RECOMMENDED: The best Airbnb New York City rentals This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The 20 kookiest, spookiest Halloween decorations in the USA

The 20 kookiest, spookiest Halloween decorations in the USA

Just because you finally figured out a Halloween costume idea that’ll bring the house down, you’re not finished: your home needs a look, too. Need some inspo? This year, the best Halloween decorations in the USA are over-the-top and killing it with kooky, spooky displays. And we hate to break it to you, but a single jack-o’-lantern just won’t cut it this year. One stately home in New Orleans, dubbed the ‘Kraken House’ by locals, has transformed into an octopus with six massive tentacles bursting from its second-floor balcony. Another home, sporting some of the best Halloween decorations in New York City, is crawling — literally — with glow-in-the-dark skeletons (as if the real ones weren’t creepy enough). Need some inspiration to create your own haunted house this year? Take a look at our top picks of the best Halloween decorations in the USA, break out those black lights, and let your inner spook shine. RECOMMENDED: scary movie houses in the USA

15 things to do in Dumbo, Brooklyn

15 things to do in Dumbo, Brooklyn

Dumbo, Brooklyn is home to arguably one of NYC's greatest glow-ups. The neighborhood, once dominated by aging warehouses, has been reimagined with upscale shops, apartment buildings, and offices that offer some of the best waterfront views of Manhattan (including the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge). Aside from top-notch restaurants and renewed public spaces, the area draws awesome events throughout the year while the Dumbo Business Improvement District hosts community gatherings and weekend flea markets beneath the Manhattan Bridge. Speaking of markets, Time Out Market New York, a marketplace-style dining experience by yours truly, recently landed in Dumbo to round out the flourishing food scene—gorge on meals from some of the top chefs in the city, order drinks from the venue's various bars, and catch top-tier entertainment curated by Time Out New York's editors.  How to get to Dumbo, Brooklyn Take the 2/3 train to Clark Street, the A/C to High Street or the F train to York Street.

The best apple picking near NYC for kids and families

The best apple picking near NYC for kids and families

Update: Note that farm guidelines have changed this season. Call each location ahead of time for safety guidelines, reservations (if need be) and more information. Nothing is sweeter than taking a crisp bite out of a freshly picked apple. As one of the most popular fall day trips from NYC, an apple-picking excursion is an absolute must for NY families hoping to kickstart harvest season. Here, we've rounded up the best apple-picking day trips that are well within reach and just a scenic drive away. So grab an empty basket, hit the road, and summon the autumnal spirit one Granny Smith at a time! RECOMMENDED: Full guide to where to pick your own fruits and vegetables near NYC Not only do these sweet farms and orchards offer a nice break from the city, but they are also chock-full of fun fall activities for kids, including petting zoos and corn mazes. Plus, parents and the 21+ crowd can enjoy cider tastings and distillery options at select locations. There's no time to waste: Find something plaid, grab a cozy sweater, and snag some produce. 

11 romantic Airbnbs near NYC

11 romantic Airbnbs near NYC

Looking to plan that extremely overdue romantic getaway, or thinking ahead for Valentine's Day? Airbnb has plenty of cozy stays just waiting for you and your special someone. Whether you want to secure a booking with scenic views, an incredible fireplace, or just all-around relaxing amenities, the most romantic rentals are in high demand after a long year of quarantining in our tiny apartments. Let's face it: flowers and chocolate may not cut it this year. But time away with your loved one might just be the trick. Ready to rekindle the romance? We've picked 11 amazingly romantic Airbnb stays that are guaranteed to make any sweetheart swoon. RECOMMENDED: Valentine’s Day in NYC guide This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here. 

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For the first time ever, book a stay at the real ‘Home Alone’ house

For the first time ever, book a stay at the real ‘Home Alone’ house

If you’ve ever dreamed of house swapping with the McCallisters during the holidays, the wait is over: you can actually book the Home Alone house for the first time this year.Tied to the reboot that no one asked for (the film franchise’s latest installment, Home Sweet Home Alone, recently debuted on Disney+), Airbnb reimagined the Chicago home for a special one-night stay. Will Kevin McCallister be there? Not this time. But Kevin’s big brother, Buzz, will host the stay for up to four guests (apparently Macaulay Culkin was booked) and promises to be a little more accommodating than he was thirty years ago. Photograph: Sarah Crowley Does that mean he stocked up on milk, eggs, and fabric softener? No, but he’s bringing his pet tarantula (seriously, the booking includes a meet-and-greet with a real-life tarantula), and he’ll set you up with a special viewing of the new film, too.The stay also includes booby traps scattered about the house (fear not: you’ll set them up yourself), plenty of ‘90s junk food (like microwavable Kraft Macaroni & Cheese), Chicago’s “finest pizza” (let’s hope they double up on the cheese), and a LEGO Ideas Home Alone set that you can take home. And, of course, the amenities include a surprisingly searing aftershave so you can relive that iconic mirror moment.  Photograph: Sarah Crowley ‹Curiously, the listing doesn’t explicitly say you can’t take a sled down the stairs, but don’t get any crazy ideas. The best part? The promotional Airbnb only costs $25